Keeping a team motivated and focused is a constant challenge for leaders. When your team is motivated, they’ll produce better results and have better attitudes at work. Here are five ideas for motivating your team:
1. Recognize Short Term Goals
Set short term goals for your team, keep employees updated on their progress, and celebrate success. Short term goals should be measured every month or quarter. Keep employees updated on the progress of their goals by sending regular emails, creating a dashboard on your intranet, or giving update reports in regular team meetings. The frequent communication about the goal reminds employees of what’s at stake and keeps the goal front of mind.
Also, determine your reward ahead of time for meeting and exceeding the goal. It doesn’t have to be expensive: pizza lunch or one week of casual days. When employees know what they can earn, they’ll be more motivated to work together.
2. Friendly Competition
Keep your team motivated with a little friendly competition. We’ve hosted corn hole/bean bag tossing tournaments in the hallways at Baudville. The tournament doesn’t take a lot of time out of the work day, and everyone enjoys the competition and camaraderie. We also recommend setting up Minute to Win It (you can get the directions on their website) games with a few supplies from your local grocery store. Have employees compete during lunch or on their breaks, and keep a tally of who gets the best scores. At the end of the day, award a small prize to the top winners. To make the fun last, have a different game every week for a month. Track the points and crown a champion after all the games have been played.
3. Volunteer Together
A great way to build camaraderie and trust among your team is to take them outside your office and engage them in community service. This is also a great opportunity for individuals to build relationships with teammates they don’t commonly interact with.
For our 25th anniversary, Baudville sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house in Grand Rapids. All employees were given the opportunity to volunteer for a day and work on the house. It gave employees from across the company a chance to engage in a different environment and get to know each other better. You can learn more about our experience volunteering as a team in our Recognition Resource Center.
4. Create Team Awards
Motivate your team towards common goals by creating team awards. Only your teammates will be eligible to win, and you can include the entire team in the nomination process. Host your awards quarterly or annually depending on your award criteria. Have fun with it! Make your award ceremony something employees look forward to by dressing up, having refreshments, and putting together a video about the team and the winners. Employees will be excited for the awards and motivated to earn the honors.
5. Give Time Off for Team Behaviors
To build a closer team, communicate that you’ll be recognizing individuals who go above and beyond to help out their teammate and demonstrate teamwork. Be clear about what this may look like in your organization, whether it’s working in a different area to help a swamped coworker or covering a shift for someone with a sick child. When you see team members demonstrating those behaviors, write a note on a token card and package a Token of Appreciation inside it. Present it to the individual. Allow individuals to redeem their tokens for 15 minutes off and try to honor the time off as immediately as business demands will permit. 15 extra minutes in the morning (or at lunch, or in the evening) is a great way to motivate your team to work together!